I recently received 2 African Dwarf Frogs for Christmas purchased from a Brookstone store, but don't worry! - I am not following their care instructions which after doing a ton of research now sound very unbelievable and ridiculous! I'll describe how ridiculous after posting my questions.
I'm new to ADF care but have done a lot of research, I would like to place them in something larger and I'm currently getting things ready and cleansing and treating everything that will go inside. I'm wondering about the Tap Water Conditioner. I'm following the directions, but sometimes the drops really like to rush out. I'm wondering if anything would happen if I accidentally over drop?
I'm having trouble trusting the Tap Water Conditioner since it's a little tough to believe that a few drops will remove harmful elements from a gallon or more of water. What I have ton so far is boil the required amount, add in drops, and let it sit over night. Frogs have not yet been moved in or introduced to my water, but I did do a 50% water change with pet store fish water because the water was getting dirty due to feeding, and since it came from an unfamiliar source I wasn't sure how clean it was to begin with.
My last question is about feeding, how often should they be fed?
Is every day ok or should I stick with every other day? I've been feeding them everyday, but small amounts. They're good healthy responsive eaters, have fed them both frozen and dried bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp, and the store pellets they came with but they like to spit those out and I don't think they like them - I break them into smaller pieces. I will try other food recommendations I have read on here like krill. Oh and, I've been reading that they are nocturnal, true? If so, should I feed them in the evenings or night?
So to highlight some of my questions:
- Harmful if I use too many drops of water conditioner?
- How quickly does it work, should I let it sit for a bit?
- Is the "boil -> drops -> sit overnight" water method OK?
- How often should I fed them?
- Does time of day matter for feeding? Night vs. Day
- Wondering why 100% water changes are not often recommended? Been reading a lot of 20%-50% suggestions, no I do not have a filter.
Thanks for any help and info! Now for my Brookstone store ADF care comments:
For those of you not familiar with their booklet's recommended care, the tank size they are sold in is about less than 1/2 a gallon for two frogs - smaller than a shoe box. It says to change the water twice a year because the set up is suppose to be some sort of living set-up and cleans itself. Also says to only use bottled drinking water, which I have now learned that bottled water may contain harmful additives. You are instructed to feed each frog 2 pellets twice a week, I don't believe other foods are mentioned.
The friend who bought these for me also bought a set for her 6 year old son, she's a very busy person who doesn't have time to research info so I'm doing it for the both of us. She was very ready to follow the booklet but none of it sounded logical or natural to me so I decided to do a little digging. They are starting to grow on me and I'll try my best to keep these little nerds healthy and comfortable, I'm very concerned about my friend's frog's well-being and will help and advise her as much as possible.
Thanks for reading my very long first post and thanks for any information!